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The forgotten growing pains of American fiction.

Jun 24, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 39 • By ANTHONY PALETTA
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Truth’s Ragged Edge is more than a collection of colorful plot synopses—although it would be worth reading even if it were only that. It’s a nimble synthesis of a vital period in literary history, tracing our homegrown novel’s evolution from morality tale to self-aware interiority, traversing and incorporating the countless currents of regionalism, faith, urbanization, and exploration that swept across the nation’s early decades. You won’t want to read all of these books, but you’ll be glad that Gura did. 

Anthony Paletta is a writer in Brooklyn.